Question about Chevrolet Cavalier
Car drives fine for a while but it seems the slipping starts when the engine is hot. if i come to a complete stop at the light and push gas to drive again it slips for few seconds then dries fine.
It isn't when the engine gets hot, it is when the transmission fluid gets hot that the slipping starts, due to wear of the clutches and gears inside the transmission.
First, check the fluid level to make sure it is full. If it is low, bring fluid level to full and see if that helps.
About all the owner can do with slipping automatics is trying a transmission fluid and filter change to see if transmission revives and stops slipping. The bottom pan is removed, fluid (about 6-8 quarts) is drained, and a new filter is installed before the pan is replaced with a new gasket, sealed up, and fresh fluid added. Sometimes it helps. Sometimes the transmission is worn too bad to help, and you are left with looking for a replacement transmission.
Check the fluid level first. Good luck.
Posted on Jun 09, 2012
If the tranny is just starting to slip then you could install a transmission cooler and this may preserve the life that is left in the tranny.
As you were told it slips when the fluid gets hot, once because it gets thinner. By lowering the temp 20 to 50 degrees this can help.
Posted on Jan 22, 2017
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
From what you have described it sounds like the transmission control solenoid pack is hanging up and needs to be replaced.
When you shut the car off it resets the position of the soleniod allowing it to work for a while before it gets hung up again.
Overtime turning it off and back on again won't anymore.
Are you sure the solenoids were new and installed correctly?
Sometimes the replacments you buy are of a worse quality. Their probably is another issue causing your soleniods to wear faster than they are supposed to and when you install inferior quality replacments they may just wear out quicker. I'm not saying this your problem just an idea.
If you haven't changed the fluid and filter in a while then that definetly would be the next thing I would do before anything else.
You can check your fluid to see if its dark and smells burned or if its clean and lighter colored.
I really hope this gets you headed in the right direction and good luck.
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Posted on Apr 04, 2009
SOUND LIKE TRANSMISSION IS SLIPPING.CHECK THE TRANSMISSION FLUID MAKE SURE ITS NOT LOW.ALSO IF TRANSMISSION FLUID LOOKS DIRTY DARK AND SMELLS BAD REPLACE FLUID AND FILTER.IF FLUID IS GOOD YOU HAVE.TRANSMISSION OIL PUMP AND FORWARD CLUTCH PROBLEMS.
Posted on Sep 04, 2009
SOURCE: Transmission is Slipping
Without knowing the year, engine size, etc., I can only make educated guesses, but here goes: You stated "My car will drive, but very slow hardly moving". My first suspicion is that you don't have a transmission problem, but the car is in what Chrysler calls the 'limp-home mode'. This occurs when the computer 'sees' a problem with an engine function or sensor that is serious, but not so bad that the car won't run at all. Limp-home mode allows your car to only operate in second gear so that you won't damage it further by driving normally, but won't leave you stranded either. Is your 'check engine' or 'service engine' light on? If not, check to see that it actually works by turning the key 'on', but not starting the car. All the dash lights should be lit for about 3-5 seconds. No matter what, you need to check your transmission fluid level (on a Crysler, should be checked with the engine running and in gear, NOT park or nuetral). Safety first, make sure someone is holding the brake on - please don't ever trust a 'parking brake' for this. If the fluid level is OK and there's no 'check engine' light you need
to visit a competent transmission shop. Probabably a worn front pump, torque converter, or a hung spool valve in the valve body, none of which is generally fixable at home. If you do have a 'check engine' light on, see a regular mechanic first as there is a mechanical problem probably not related to the transmission. Good Luck!
Posted on Nov 24, 2008
Change your gearbox oil, and clean out the oil strainer.
( On some models, you have to remove the gearbox oil pan to clean the strainer )
Posted on Nov 01, 2009
well the low cost way to go first would be to try and change the trans fluids. If the problems still remains the it may be an internal problem
Posted on Feb 25, 2009
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